Acclaimed producer/guitarist Waldemar Sorychta (GRIP INC., LACUNA COIL, MOONSPELL, SAMAEL) has resurrected the German technical thrash band DESPAIR. Joining him in the group’s current incarnation are former MORGOTH vocalist Marc Grewe, original DESPAIR drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald and new bassist Marius Ickert.
The revamped DESPAIR is in the studio putting the finishing touches on a reworked version of the band’s debut album, “History Of Hate”, which was released in 1988. The songs from the original LP have been rearranged and will feature new lyrics by Grewe.
DESPAIR will perform at the Ruhrpott Metal Meeting in Oberhausen, Germany in early December. More shows will be announced soon.
DESPAIR was the first band to release an album through the Century Media label, and “History Of Hate” featured lead vocals by Century Media founder Robert Kampf.
Former DESPAIR guitarist Marek Greschek committed suicide in May 2013 at the age of 45.
Freiwald joined German thrash metal veterans SODOM in December 2010 as the replacement for Bobby Schottkowski.